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Is it Copyrighted? Can I Use it? (NLA2014)


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Presented with Laura Johnson at the Nebraska Library Association 2014 Annual Conference on 10 October 2014 in South Sioux City, NE.

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Is it Copyrighted? Can I Use it? (NLA2014)

  2. 2. Where is copyright codified? A) In the U.S Constitution. B) In the United States Code. C) In the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU) guidelines. D) All of the above.
  3. 3. “The Congress shall have Power To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” -- U. S. Constitution Article I, Section 8
  4. 4. Is this presentation copyrighted? A) Yes, automatically, unless it says otherwise. B) No, I haven’t seen a copyright symbol or statement. C) No, governments can’t claim copyright.
  5. 5. I needed an image for my Web site so I found a great one on Google. I can just use it, right? A) Yes. B) No. C) Maybe.
  6. 6. FAIR USE CONSIDERATIONS • Purpose and character of the new work • Nature of the copied work • Amount and substantiality of the original work • Effect upon original work's value • (CC)
  7. 7. If you use an image or quotation or clip, do you have to cite the source or give credit? A) Yes. If you give attribution, then you can use it. B) Yes. This is a matter of good scholarship and librarianship, not of copyright. C) Maybe. If you’re using the material under a Creative Commons license.
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  9. 9. It is legal to read a book out loud at story time. A) Of course, it’s not like anyone’s suggested otherwise. B) Yes, because its fair use. C) Yes, due to a specific exception in the copyright law. D) Technically no, since it’s an unauthorized public performance.
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  11. 11. A patron told you she’s taking home CDs, making copies, and returning them, what should you do? A) Nothing. It’s none of my business. B) Sit them down and have a little chat about copyright, then let it go. C) Have that chat and if they keep doing it, cut them off.
  12. 12. May the library use one of the director’s monthly newspaper columns in our library newsletter? A) Yes, as long as the library director’s ok with it. B) No. The newspaper owns the copyright, and the library may not use the material without permission. C) Maybe. What does the contract say?
  13. 13. If my library requests a photocopy of a magazine article through interlibrary loan, may we request another article from the same issue again in six months? A) Yes. B) No. C) Maybe. How many have you already requested?
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  15. 15. May we use a copy of the book cover to put on a flyer for our book club or on our Web site? A) No. Not without specific permission. B) Yes. This falls within the doctrine of fair use. C) Yes. This is a “useful article.”
  16. 16. May we enlarge one of the illustrations from a book and paint it on the wall of the children’s room as a mural? A) No. That’s stealing. B) Yes. Fair use. C) Maybe, if the illustration is old enough to be out of copyright.
  17. 17. The library may show a movie at a library program. A) Yes. B) No. C) Maybe.
  18. 18. What is the different between a copyright and a trademark? A) A copyright is automatic, a trademark must be applied for. B) The U.S. Copyright Office is part of the Library of Congress, and the Trademark Office is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. C) Copyright protection is the holder’s by right, a trademark must be defended. D) Copyright is more far-reaching than trademark. E) All of the above.
  19. 19. THANK YOU! • Laura Johnson Continuing Education Coordinator Nebraska Library Commission • Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission CC BY-NC